Ideas for the online revolution.

Philadelphia Property Tax - Multi Family Properties

The third most important part of Philadelphia property is the multi-family category. So far I haven't seen much analysis of this segment.

Three Options
-Nutter's proposal - 1.32 rate
-Kenney's proposal - 1.2 rate
-My proposal - 1.45 rate with a $30,000 property exemption (though I'm not sure if this a good idea for multi family - I might want to limit it to residential and commercial properties).

Unit Exemption - An Even Better Option

Philadelphia Property Tax Reform - Commercial Properties

The new valuations for commercial properties will generally cause their taxes to decrease.

This analysis is only looking at the regular property tax rate paid by commercial property. I am not looking at the Use and Occupancy tax as Nutter has not made a proposal on this that I know of. If the Use and Occupancy tax is not decreased it will lead to a dramatic increase in tax on commercial property as the U&O tax is set at 5.51% (four times the proposed 1.32% rate). My guess is that the U&O tax will be decreased to make it roughly revenue neutral - perhaps between 0.5% and 1%.

Philadelphia Property Tax Reform - A Progressive Alternative

Note: this is a work in progress. I'm adding data as I find it.

Philadelphia has not revised its property valuations for a very long time. As a result, on average the properties are valued at a third or fourth of their market price. Some properties are valued and taxed at a tenth of the market price.

Recently Philadelphia revalued its properties and is planning to impose this tax reform in 2014.

Mayor Michael Nutter is proposing a 1.32% tax rate with a $15,000 homeowner exemption. The exemption would exclude the first $15,000 of property value from taxation.

Easy Recipe for Sourdough Bread using a Bread Machine

I've been making a lot of sourdough bread using a machine. Here is my simple recipe.

First you need to get a bread machine. I think the main advantage of getting a fancy one would be so you could customize the times for each action (rise time, wait time, etc). I get along fine with my Sunbeam machine.

Nationalize the Federal Reserve Bank - Who's $2.9 trillion?

During the recession the Federal Reserve Bank essentially printed a large amount of money to buy up mortgage assets (some toxic, some not) and government debt.

They bought the debt on the secondary market to assuage the guilt of politicians and economists who don't like the idea of the government printing money. Regardless of that, the Federal Reserve Bank now has $2.9 trillion dollars of assets. Fortunately the Federal Reserve Bank is essentially owned by the federal government and it pays its profit to the US treasury.

Wellbrook Loop Antenna - Resources List

I recently purchased a Wellbrook 1530+ loop antenna to receive shortwave and mediumwave (aka AM) radio stations.

The information about this amazing antenna is scattered all over the internet - so I'm compiling a list of resources for people considering buying it.

There are two companies that produce small (one meter diameter) loop antennas that do a great job of rejecting locally produced electronic noise while still receiving desired radio signals.

Capitalists against Climate Change

I've been wondering what it will take for the world to get serious about climate change.

What is the closest example of a large multinational effort to tackle a problem?

Notre Dame recognizes a Student LGBTQ and Allies Organization!

This is amazing news. The 4 to 5 Movement (a project of the Progressive Student Alliance) did a great job and I think they mobilized more support than ever before.

Two articles:
A big step

President Jenkins interview

Upcoming Activist Events - Importing into Google Calendar and other calendars

You can import the events from into Google Calendar, your website calendar, and other calendars by using these links:
Upcoming Events
All Events

These feeds are based on the iCal format which is widely used by calendars.

When the calendar updates, then your calendar will as well!

Progressive Voting Guide - US President 2012

One of the advantages of not being an official nonprofit organization is that I can explicitly endorse candidates. Official nonprofits are limited to doing biased voting guides. Like this one =)

This is a small sampling.

US War on Iraq
Romney - For
Obama - Against, but for the occupation
Stein (Green Party) - Against

US War on Afghanistan
Romney - For
Obama - For. Increased number of US troops.
Stein - Against

US Military Spending
Romney - increase

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